A Waterloo couple will make a national TV appearance tonight when they spin the Wheel of Fortune.
Doug and Joan Daeffler will be contestants as the game show celebrates Military Family Week. Doug graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1979. He served 13 years in the Coast Guard flying rescue helicopters. He has been with the NY Air National Guard since 1997. He is a Lieutenant Colonel and is assigned to the 274th Air Support Operations Squadron in Syracuse.
Joan works at the Waterloo Middle School.
Doug and Joan Daeffler, Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
The couple applied online for a chance to be on Wheel, they were accepted and their had to travel to Pennsylvania for an audition where they beat out about 100 other couples for a chance on the show. They traveled to Culver City, California last month to tape the show.
Doug and Joan met the other military families featured all week, as many shows are taped in one day. They are under contract and cannot say how much they won, only that all three couples went away with money. The experience topped their weeklong west coast vacation, as they got to meet Vanna White and Joan did reveal that during the show she "stood the closest to Pat Sajack!"
Doug graduated in 1975 and Joan in 1976 from the Waterloo High School.
As part of its landmark 30th season, Wheel of Fortune continues its tradition of celebrating our nation's military and their families with "Military Families Week" airing Friday, November 9 through Friday, November 16.
This heartwarming week of shows will feature contestants playing in teams pairing a member of the military with a family member. Every branch of the military will be represented with contestants from all over the country playing with parents, siblings or spouses.
"America's military and their families make great sacrifices to protect us, and we're delighted to pay tribute to them in Wheel of Fortune style, with cash, prizes and fun," said Harry Friedman, Executive Producer.
Wheel of Fortune has been the number one syndicated game show since its inception and has earned six Emmy Awards, including the 2011 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show. With more than 30 million viewers per week, syndication's most successful series continues to attract a larger audience than many primetime television shows. Wheel of Fortune is produced in High Definition by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International, both units of CBS Corp.